a snake in his yard…
”Was it a rattler?” I asked.
“No…it was a good snake”, he stated.
I inquired, “What made it a good snake?”
“It eats the bad snakes”, he replied with a grin;
My grandson has a great dislike of snakes!
So what is “Good”?
Let me start with some adjectives that describe Good from
the Websters Dictionary 1828
Kind; affectionate; as a good father; good will.
Faithful; as a good friend.
Promoter of Happiness; pleasant, agreeable, cheering.
Honorable; fair, unblemished, as a man of good fame or report.
Cheerful; favorable to happiness. Be of good comfort.
Favorable; compassionate, humane.
Benevolent; merciful; gracious.
All of the above adjectives completely describe God.
Not just part…but,
His totality…His Character.
And here is the best part!
He shares that Goodness with you and me via the Holy Spirit..
We can exhibit acts of goodness because of the
Cross and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
God is good…
His love has been given to us…via the cross…and then He gave us the Holy Spirit.
Notice the name “Holy” what does holy mean?
Try this on for size…
Perfectly just and good.
If I want to have a spirit in me…
I want it to be that and nothing less.
Remember we are have been looking at ways to Remedy Neglect…
“God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.
There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires.
God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.
But don’t be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.”
Here is the great news about these attributes…
they are provided for us
as a gift from God.
Our Father in Heaven has given us the Holy Spirit
whom produces in us these characteristics!
The essence of these attributes is how we…
Love God and love others!
Dear Lord, I want your spirit to rule in my life!
Nothing more and nothing less.
Help me to allow the Fruit of Goodness "eat up" the bad in and around me...
So I can love you and love others with all my heart!